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Martinez: Rappers shouldn’t have to censor the N-word for non-black fans

Marissa Martinez, Assistant Opinion Editor

May 22, 2018

Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Rapper Kendrick Lamar invited a teenage girl on stage Sunday to rap part of his popular song “m.A.A.d city” during his Hangout Festival set. The song contains the N-word (although it is not featured prominently), which the...

Baas: The words we use are reflections of our personal character

Jared Baas, Columnist

January 21, 2018

Filed under Columns, Opinion

A recent conversation between friends in my room sparked an avid cultural debate, one that transformed my viewpoint on how language is perceived by modern culture. The question that sparked our discussion was whether it is ac...

Letter to the Editor: Give writers like Ta-Nehisi Coates respect they deserve, don’t miss the point of their work

September 25, 2017

Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

Recently, The Daily published an op-ed by Jake Gordon about how people should criticize Ta-Nehisi Coates more. Looking at a variety of prominent black intellectual writers, NONE of them, including Coates, go unchallenged. If ...

Letter to the Editor: Read Coates again

September 25, 2017

Filed under Letters to Editor, Opinion

Last week, Daily opinion contributor Jake Gordon wrote in his column referring to Ta-Nehisi Coates' recent essay in The Atlantic: “The truth is many low-income whites in the United States do face struggles and Coates’ implicit denial of that w...

Gordon: Give writers like Ta-Nehisi Coates respect they deserve, critique their work

Jake Gordon, Op-Ed Contributor

September 21, 2017

Filed under Contributors, Latest Stories, Opinion

This January, my friends flocked to Pick-Staiger Concert Hall with an uncanny energy. Ta-Nehisi Coates was speaking on campus and no one concerned with politics, race or social change, even only peripherally, dared to miss him. I’m sure Coates would agree his message ...

Closson: Black arts on campus deserve more awareness, recognition

Troy Closson, Assistant Opinion Editor

April 18, 2017

Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Earlier this month, Barry Jenkins, director of Academy Award-winning film “Moonlight,” spoke on campus, drawing a packed audience and sparking conversation about the importance of diverse storytelling and art forms. Reactions were similarly enthusiastic in January, when writer Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall about his per...